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‘Nothing is off the table’: B.C. premier on a 4-day workweek following coronavirus pandemic

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B.C. Premier John Horgan said at a his weekly COVID-19 briefing that the idea of a four-day workweek in the province is something that could be possible in the years to come – Jun 4, 2020

B.C. Premier John Horgan says the idea of a four-day workweek in the province is something that could be possible in the years to come.

“One of the advantages and opportunities we have coming out of a pandemic is nothing should be off the table,” Horgan said, speaking at his weekly media availability on Wednesday.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many British Columbians are working differently than they were before — either working from home full-time or splitting their time between the office and home.

READ MORE: BC Green leadership hopeful Sonia Furstenau pitches shorter work week

A new study from the Fraser Institute looked at if labour productivity growth averages two per cent a year from 2018 to 2030, Canadians could work a four-day workweek and enjoy a higher standard of living.

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Horgan said he would definitely be open to taking a look at the idea, “but 10 years from now, that will be the middle of my fourth term.”

“And I’ll be looking for a one-day workweek by that point, I’m pretty sure of it,” he joked.

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But Horgan encourages all British Columbians to put forward any ideas they have about improving the lives of everyone in the province.

“Anyone out there who has an idea, we want to hear about it.

“We need new ideas, good ideas, and we should be unafraid to have those discussions.”

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